A McHenry County Certified Wetland Specialist is a professional with expertise in wetland ecology, restoration, and management within McHenry County, Illinois. This specialist possesses the necessary qualifications, knowledge, and experience to manage wetland resources effectively, protect native habitats, and enhance the environmental health of the region.
McHenry County Certified Wetland Specialist typically has a strong background in ecology, biology, environmental science, or a related field. They are well-versed in wetland regulations, permitting processes, and best management practices (BMPs) for preserving and restoring wetlands. Their work includes assessing and delineating wetlands, designing and implementing wetland restoration and mitigation plans, stormwater management, habitat surveys, watershed-based planning, and land preservation.
In McHenry County, a Certified Wetland Specialist would be familiar with local regulations, ecosystems, and species, ensuring that their work aligns with the specific needs and goals of the region. These professionals may collaborate with government agencies, non-profit organizations, developers, and landowners to protect and enhance wetland resources in McHenry County.
Rebecca Olson – McHenry County Certified Wetland Specialist
A3 Environmental Consultants has a joint venture with Rebecca Olson to perform wetlands work across the upper midwest.
Wetland delineations help landowners identify wetlands on their property and determine how to proceed with construction projects without disturbing these sensitive areas. A wetland delineation involves four main steps: desktop analysis, fieldwork, wetland delineation report, and jurisdictional determination.
The desktop analysis involves checking GIS databases to gather information on the target property, including potential wetlands, floodplains, and floodways. Fieldwork involves documenting data to prove the existence or absence of a wetland, with field scientists marking wetland boundaries using flags. A wetland must possess the right soil, vegetation, and hydrology to be considered a wetland.
A wetland delineation report consists of three parts: methods, results, and conclusions/discussion, typically spanning around 50 pages. The report is submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers, who assess the findings and either agree or disagree with the consultant.
There are three possible outcomes from a wetland delineation: no wetland found, regulated wetland, and isolated wetland. The latter two are regulated by different agencies, with the Army Corps of Engineers overseeing regulated wetlands and local agencies handling isolated wetlands.
A wetland delineation usually takes 10 to 15 business days, but the jurisdictional determination process can take 45 to 60 days, or even longer in some cases. The cost of a full wetland delineation starts around $2,500, but there are lighter and less expensive options available for due diligence purposes.
To build on a property with a wetland, the best approach is to avoid building over the wetland or obtain the appropriate permits, which may involve wetland mitigation. A3 Environmental Consultants can assist with wetland delineations and can be reached at (888) 210-2357 or Info@A3E.com.
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